Industrial Instrumentation

Industrial Instrumentation

Learn the skills to operate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair process control systems.

Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2018 Marconi Campus • Sydney • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Major advances in technology in recent years have led to a demand for qualified, multi-skilled technicians for the process and manufacturing industries. This program provides training in the operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of various pneumatic, electronic and micro-processor-based process control systems, while emphasizing safety and teamwork throughout the program.

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Student Highlights

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    Why Take It"Having a small class you get more one-on-one time with the instructors. "
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    Cool Activity"The lab for motors is very interesting. You learn the ins and outs of different types of motors and apply it in the lab. "
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    Favourite"Labs are always interesting and are fun. "

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Math and Academic Grade 11 Physics.
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Instrumentation and Control Technician trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • The shop area is well-equipped with the latest test equipment and a wide variety of measurement, control and analytical instruments. You learn to calibrate and bench test instruments as well as install and maintain them in an actual industrial-type process.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Oil refineries, pulp and paper mills, chemical plants, steam and power plants, dairies, breweries, mining, manufacturing industries, oceans sector and other research environments.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Instrumentation and Control Technician is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1245   Technical Communications I
COMM 2245   Technical Communications II
IITN 1000   Physics I
IITN 1004   Industrial Electronic Fundamentals
IITN 1005   Wiring Methods I
IITN 1008   Physics II
IITN 1011   DC Fundamentals
IITN 1012   AC Fundamentals
IITN 1101   Introduction to Instrumentation
IITN 1102   Tools, Fasteners & Fabrication
IITN 2101   Wiring Methods II
IITN 2102   Motor Control
IITN 3006   Control Valves
IITN 3007   Motors
IITN 3104   Introduction to CAD
IITN 3105   Pipefitting and Tube Bending
IITN 3106   Computer Networks
IITN 4104   Analytic Troubleshooting
IITN 4105   Process Measurement I
IITN 4106   Process Control I
IITN 4107   PLC Fundamentals & Programming
IITN 4108   Pneumatics and Hydraulics
IITN 5100   Work Experience
IITN 5106   Process Measurement II
IITN 5107   Process Control II
IITN 5108   Ethics, Society & Environment
IITN 5109   Analyzers
IITN 5110   DCS Fundamentals & Process Applications
MATH 1060   Applied Math I for Technicians
MATH 1066   Applied Math II for Technicians
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Next Steps

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